By Elena Holland. Faucet. Published at Monday, October 29th, 2018 - 00:25:02 AM.
What is the best faucet for your home? You will get different answers depending on whom you ask and how you phrase your question. Do you want a long-lasting faucet or the most popular style? What is most important to you function or form? Where can you get an unbiased opinion? An interior decorator might suggest faucets to match your decor, a home center might point you in the direction of the latest fad, and a plumber might offer you the brand he has the least trouble with. Often sales people get spiffs, or kickbacks, for selling a particular brand or model. Where can you put your trust? We install faucets frequently and have for years. This article will give you the straight facts and help you to see your options. Some things might not be pleasing to your ear but you need to hear them to make an informed choice.
In selecting a kitchen faucet you will want to consider the kitchen sink. Kitchen sinks usually come with from one to four or more holes to accommodate various types of kitchen faucets. If you are considering changing a faucet on an existing sink, it is better to select a faucet to fits the sink‘s current hole configuration. If you want to change from a three-hole type faucet to a single-hole one you will be left with open holes that will need to be filled. On the other hand if you try to knock out additional holes to change from a single-mount to a three-hole type faucet you run the risk of damaging an existing sink. Therefore you will find it much easier to also install a new kitchen sink and faucet together because you can choose any kind of kitchen faucet and sink that is compatible.
When you stray from Moen and Delta you enter a wilderness of proprietary parts that can be hard to find and expensive as well as more difficult to repair. Picture your kitchen sink faucet out of commission while you wait for a part made in Germany. It happens and it happens much too often. European faucets and some manufactures such as Kohler and American Standard may have great faucet styles but finding a needed part can be tough. You probably will not find those parts hanging on the walls of most suppliers because they have limited supply and distribution. A good question to ask is, "Does this faucet have parts commonly available at most suppliers?" Be sure to take the time to confirm that your salesperson has given you correct information: get a second opinion.
Most homeowners think of form first but let‘s focus on the practical. After all, you do not want to be calling the plumber every month to repair your faucet if you can avoid it. One critical issue is parts availability. Are parts readily available for the faucet? Will those parts be available in five years? In ten? Two faucets commonly have parts that you can find at nearly every parts house: Moen and Delta. Both have a wide variety of styles available and this is usually, but not always, a plus. It is a good because you can find a faucet to fit most decor. It can be trouble, though, because styles come and go; when something goes out of style parts often become rare, then unavailable. Without parts, one broken faucet may force you to change several faucets to have a matching set, replacement becomes the only option. Ask the salesperson to show you faucets that use time-tested cartridges, not fancy new ones.
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